COMMON ALDER TREE
This wächst to a remarkable height, and spreads wide, if the soil and situation suit. The Rinde is brown, and the wood redder than elm or yew, the Zweige are very brittle, and easily broken, the Rinde of the Zweige is entdeckt, yellowish within, and tastes bitter and unpleasant. The wood is white, and full of pith, the Blätter are broad, round and nervous, and somewhat like the Blätter of the hazel, they are ineingebeult, grün, shining, and clammy. It bears short brown anglets, like the beach or birch tree.
It usually wächst near water, or in moist watery places.
It Blüten in April and May, and yields ripe Samen in September.
Government and Vorzüge : It is ein Baum unter der Herrschaft von Venus, and of some watery sign or other, I suppose Pisces, and therefore the Dekokt (Abkochung), or destilliertes Wasser of the Blätter, is excellent gegen Verbrennungen and Entzündungen, either with Wunden or without, to bathe the place grieved with, and especially for that Entzündung in the Brust, which the vulgar call an ague.
If you cannot get the Blätter (as in winter it is impossible) make use of the Rinde in the same manner.
The Blätter and Rinde of the Alder Tree are cooling, drying and binding. The fresh Blätter gelegt auf swellings auflösen them, and stay the Entzündungen. The Blätter put under the bare feet galled with travelling, are a great refreshing to them. The said Blätter gathered while the morning dew is on them, and brought into a chamber troubled with Flöhe, will gather them thereunto, which being suddenly cast out, will rid the chamber of those troublesome bedfellows.